On this day: October 26

Published On: Oct 25 2012 02:17:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Erie Canal opens, the Pony Express closes, Wyatt Earp shoots it out in Tombstone, "Baby Fae" gets a baboon heart, and the Patriot Act is signed into law, all on this day.

OTD October 26 - Mahalia Jackson
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1911: Singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson, one of the most influential gospel singers and known as "The Queen of Gospel," is born in New Orleans. She died of heart failure and diabetes complications at age 60 on Jan. 27, 1972.

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